Yorkshire Terrier / Shih Tzu Mix

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Is the Yorkshire Terrier / Shih Tzu Mix right for you?

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Other name(s): Shorkie Tzu, Shorkie-Zu

The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation Shorkie Tzu is a cross between a pure Yorkshire Terrier and a pure Shih Tzu, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This lovable-looking toy is cute as a button, but it definitely has a mind of its own. They love attention, and their cute appearance guarantees that they'll attract it. But you must be prepared to be an insightful alpha who can provide positive and respectful training. A poorly socialized or neglected dog could become a tiny terror.

Appearance / health:
Because it's a mixed breed, the Shorkie Tzu's ultimate appearance isn't guaranteed, but you can expect a small, cute toy that may live longer than average.

Behavior / temperament:
The personality of a mixed breed is never pre-determined. Be aware of the character traits found on both sides, and be prepared for an intelligent, highly social dog that will nonetheless sometimes try to get away with imposing its own will. Be a calm and loving owner who knows how to train using positive rewards.


fun, great dogs, Sweet


strangers, small children, pee pads, yappy bark.


cutest teeth, tiny little legs

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